Moviemaker Alfonso Cuaron regrets signing on to adapt Charles Dickens' Great Expectations for the big screen, because he agreed to direct the movie for all the wrong reasons. The Gravity director took on the task of modernising the classic story in 1998, but was extremely hesitant about taking on the project, especially after his success with critically acclaimed film The Little Princess in 1995.
During a recent roundtable interview with Cuaron and other high-profile directors for The Hollywood Reporter, the Mexican filmmaker admitted he was in a bit of a slump following The Little Princess, and his judgment was clouded as he began to take on new jobs.
He confessed, "I got a bit engaged in the machinery. I forgot that I used to do my own stuff, and I became this reader of screenplays that they were sending to me. And I started forgetting that I had a voice. It started to become more about the industry.
"And then I did a film that was a horrible experience, Great Expectations. That is a film that I should have not done. I passed many times, and then I ended up saying yes for the wrong reasons."
The Dickens adaptation, which starred Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft and Robert DeNiro, garnered mixed reviews from critics, but one person who was more than eager to take on the project was Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell.
During the roundtable Russell exclaimed, "I was jealous that you got to make that film because I wanted to make it!", to which Cuaron responded, "Really, you should have."
Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
GALLERY: The 15 Best Celebrity Selfies
The Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde is trading in his guitar to pursue a long-held dream of becoming a chef. The British rocker became interested in the culinary field after working with Juniper's Pantry owner David Gill, who organised the Gourmet Tent at the Split festival the band organised.
After Gill advertised for a trainee chef, Hyde applied and has been working at Juniper's Pantry deli in Sunderland, England for the past few weeks.
He tells NME.com, "I'm at the bottom of the ladder. I get to wear the whites (uniform), but I mainly do preparation, get shouted at and clean up after messy chefs."
Hyde compares preparing food to making music and explains he draws on his talents to help him.
He says, "There are similarities between music and food. They are both about creating something that exists in a moment in time, then it's gone and it's never quite the same next time you do it."
The 32 year old is hoping his new-found career takes him around the world to learn "about different country's cuisines," but stresses it doesn't mean the end of The Futureheads.
He continues, "I don't think we'll ever break up. It's just that we've been doing he band almost constantly for 10 years and we all wanted to do something different. We'll definitely be back, but for the moment we're on hold and I'm concentrating on this."
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).
British pop star Rita Ora has been discharged from hospital after she fainted on Monday (18Nov13) due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. The R.I.P. hitmaker collapsed in Miami, Florida, while she was on the set of a photo shoot for Madonna's Material Girl clothing campaign, which Ora is fronting.
Paramedics were called to the scene, where Ora was photographed with her eyes closed as she was stretchered into an ambulance and taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. David Farcy, Chairman of the Emergency Department at the hospital, tells Us Weekly, "Rita Ora was treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration at our hospital today. She was discharged and is fine."
Illusionist David Blaine and his late pal Michael Jackson once slipped into Britain's Parliament building, much to the surprise of unsuspecting tourists. The American magician and the King of Pop became unlikely friends and admits he'll never forget the reaction they received during a day out together in London.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, he explains, "I got to spend a lot of time with Michael Jackson. One time we snuck into the Parliament building. And we walked in, but he wasn't in disguise. And it was so strange, because the whole place was full.
"We went into the part where tourists go. And all of a sudden you heard this hush - like people start whispering. And it got louder and louder, and then it became really loud, and then everything went silent.
"And I was like, 'Whoa. This is really unbelievable.' He had this thing where people reacted in a way that I've never, ever seen anything like. So it was pretty extraordinary."
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is organising a charity concert to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The show will take place at Terminal 5 in New York on 25 November (13), with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.
The cast of Here Lies Love, the stage musical he wrote with Fatboy Slim about the life of former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, will also perform at the event.
A statement from Byrne reads, "The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people - it couldn't be more timely. Upon hearing about this tragedy, the cast contacted me about doing a show to raise money for relief efforts. Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It's personal for all of us."
In his e-mail newsletter, he further explains, "We'll be doing a concert version of the show - this won't be the same immersive, interactive experience as the theatrical version. But we'll do EVERY song, in order, with the original cast and costumes - plus I'll be helping out and singing as well. The show is wall-to-wall songs. If you didn't see or hear the production, now is your chance to hear it and at the same time to do something for the survivors in the Philippines..."
Byrne joins several other celebrities who are throwing their support behind relief efforts including Enrique Iglesias, who has urged fans to donate funds, and Black Eyed Peas star apl.de.ap, who performed at a charity event at the Xana Beach Club in Phuket, Thailand on Sunday (17Nov13). Proceeds were donated to the Filipino-born rapper's Give2Asia charity.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November (13) and has killed almost 4,000 people to date (18Nov13). It is the second deadliest Philippine typhoon on record.
First-time director Paul Wright is celebrating after his gritty drama For Those In Peril scored a double win at the 2013 BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday (17Nov13). The movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, picked up two of the four prizes it was nominated for - Best Film and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its leading star, George MacKay.
Meanwhile, Peter Mullan claimed the Best Actor/Actress TV honour for his role in gangster drama The Fear, and funnyman Brian Limond emerged victorious in the Best Comedy/Entertainment Programme category for Limmy's Show.
Meanwhile, veteran One Foot in the Grave star Richard Wilson, who was born in Greenock, Scotland, was presented with an accolade for his outstanding contribution to TV and film by former Dr. Who star David Tennant.
The ceremony, which took place in Glasgow, celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment and talent.
Once upon a time in a far away land there was a beautiful girl named Rose… and she has now made it to Hollywood for everyone to know! Hailing from New Zealand, Rose McIver is just as sweet as she looks, and incredibly hard working, beginning her career at the age of 3. It’s no surprise we love her so much!
How has it been playing Tinkerbell on Once Upon A Time? Can you share any stories from the set?
I have been having so much fun working on this project. I get to fly around in a harness and play a wonderful icon. I am very aware of how lucky I am to have that chance. On set we have such a great group of people who are professional and still know how to have fun, we have had a couple of freezing cold night shoots where we all sit huddled around heaters in a tent on set and it feels like a school camp.
How is it working with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan on Masters Of Sex? Are there are a lot of laughs on the set?
Lizzy and Michael are both fantastic in this show. They compliment each other incredibly well and are backed up by so many brilliant cast mates. Allison Janney has been an absolute pleasure to work with, definitely a big inspiration to me.
What can you tell us about Charlotte from Brightest Star?
Charlotte is an artist, with strong creative tendencies who adjusts to a different world and mindset. She has a drive and ambition that can be both constructive and limiting. She was raised by very high achieving parents and definitely feels a need to mirror that behavior. She is strong willed and caring.
You’ve been working since you were a child, at the age of 3. How was it growing up with that kind of success?
It never really felt like work. I would partake in projects on weekends or in school holidays, it felt more like an extra curricular activity to me. Instead of playing soccer I would go to set. I am so grateful that my parents wanted me to stay in school, I love that I still made it to my school balls and graduated with my classmates.
How different do you find Los Angeles from New Zealand?
Los Angeles is an incredible city. There is so much opportunity and work potential and you can find so much within a couple of hours drive of the city itself. I really enjoy it, but New Zealand is still very much my home. My family and my oldest friends all live there. There is such a beautiful focus on family and lifestyle and living on the coast there, the summer's cannot be beat.
You’ve been working so much lately, is there anything else we can expect from you in the near future?
I'm looking in to what is next for me at the moment. I am still working on Once Upon a Time so haven't really decided where I am headed next but there are a few exciting projects that may be in the pipeline so as soon as I know something definite, I will be able to throw my energy into those!
The Who star Roger Daltrey is still suffering the ill effects of an eye injury he sustained while performing with Gary Glitter almost 15 years ago. The veteran band was preparing a live rendition of its rock opera Quadrophenia in the late 1990s, and the stars enlisted a string of special guests, including Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and glam rocker Glitter.
During a rehearsal, Daltrey was struck in the face by a microphone stand being wielded by the Rock and Roll hitmaker, and he reveals he still regularly uses medical drops to keep the vision in his left eye steady.
He tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "My left eye's still giving me trouble. It was a hell of a blow. I was out for 20 minutes. How it didn't kill me I don't know. The next day I went on stage holding the eyeball in with a patch. The eye wanted to leave the face."